The Northside High School (NAHS predecessor school) baton has been retired after multiple decades of service. This baton (aka “Legacy Baton”, “Ole Blue”, or the “Legend Stick”) has been singularly involved in more school records than any other piece of NAHS athletic equipment or coach in history – including Coach Sanderlin’s record string of 51 school record holders. It was retired on April 21, 2017 at the conclusion of the Boys’ 4 X 400 relay at the 6A Region 7 meet at North. The ceremony consisted of alumni (predecessor school North Fulton) and Running Warrior Booster Club board member and founding member of the Atlanta Track Club Hawthorne Wesley passing it to NAHS Registrar Albert Thomas who ran at Northside H.S. Thomas then passed the baton to North seniors and 4 X 400 meter relay members Jackson Pearce, Matthew Self, and Toren Stafford for the official retirement of “Ole Blue.”
The Legacy Baton will reside in the track trophy case at NAHS. Coach Sanderlin had a new baton custom made to replace it.
The Legacy Baton has been carried by such storied alumni as University of Tennessee All-American, Olympic gold medalist, and world record holder (4 X 100 relay) Sam Graddy, Stanley Blaylock (multiple time All-American at UGA), Ashenafi Arega (All-American at Mississippi State), Kyana Elder (State champion and former state record holder and All-ACC at Clemson), Porche Byrd (multiple time All-American at South Carolina), Malik Epps (Ivy League Champ at Harvard), and John Rudd (state champion). But perhaps more important is the fact that this baton was also carried by hundreds of NAHS and Northside H.S. student athletes who set countless school records with it!
To see a video of “Ole Blue’s” retirement ceremony click here.
Alumni Hawthorne Wesley (R) passes the legendary Northside High School baton to NAHS Registar and predecessor school Northside High alumni Albert Thomas at the retirement ceremony for the Legacy Baton on April 21st at the NAHS track.